QC restaurants offer free lunch to Illinois students affected by closing of schools
temporarily to control the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. To help students affected by the closure, several local restaurants are offering kids free lunch.
The Quad City Pizza Company, which has locations in Moline and Bettendorf, says kids 12 and under will eat free at their buffet through March 31.
Officials with the restaurant say they are modifying their buffet setup for the next few weeks so guests are not touching the same utensils to get food.
Chief's Bar and Grill is also offering free kids meals for those students affected in Silvis and East Moline.
They say "supporting our community that supports us in dire times is what life's all about."
McAlister's Deli is offering kids a free sack lunch every day of the week.
The restaurant chain made the announcement on Facebook, saying they "believe this is the right decision but also understand that it may present challenges to families in the communities we serve."
If parents are concerned about making sure their children have a hearty lunch, McAlister's officials say they can stop by the deli from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Every child will receive a free sack lunch that contains a turkey and cheese sandwich, chips, applesauce and a cookie. No purchase is necessary.
"We want to do our part to make sure our friends get through this challenging time. So take this worry off your plate, and put it on ours. We will get through it. Together," the post stated.
The offer is valid at various locations, including Moline, Davenport and Galesburg.